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Pioneer Previews: Poetry website features Robert Bly

Poetry enthusiasts and the public at large can view and hear some poetry written by Minnesota poet Robert Bly at

Local published poet, Marsh Muirhead submitted some video with poems by Robert Bly to this website. For more information about the people who read the poetry and scenes of Bemidji, please see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Drawings exhibit

"Mish Mash," a collection of drawings and large woodcut prints that deal with serious moral and societal problems such as human nature, dependencies and self-absorption by Derrick Riley will open today through Feb. 16 at the Talley Gallery, 212 of the Education Arts building on the campus of Bemidji State University, the gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. All activities in the Talley Gallery are supported by the University's Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee. The Talley Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information about the artist, see Staff Blogs on the home page of and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Nominations sought

For the 23rd year the Bemidji Community Art Center is asking people in the Bemidji community and surrounding area to nominate this year's Friend of the Arts. The nominee for the Friend of the Arts award should be a living person (or couple) who has given generously of time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area. If you know someone who should be honored by the Bemidji Community Art Center and the community of Bemidji, please contact the BCAC for more information. Application forms also available at Nominations must be received at the Bemidji Community Art Center (BCAC) at 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601, no later than Jan. 31. The public will be informed of the selection committee's choice after March 1 with the announcement of the celebration to follow. The BCAC Friends of the Arts Award is sponsored, in part, by First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone and Dunn Bros Coffee.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week are the work of Kris Kristufek and his custom fishing rods and Jeremy Knippel a blacksmith who utilizes old blacksmith techniques to create ironwork accents for the home. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

History interpreter

"John Beargrease," a costumed interpreter from the Minnesota Historical Society, will begin his program at 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. While using props and artifacts, the costumed History Players will engage the audience in memorable events in the life of John Beargrease. This multi-generational program is open to the public at no charge.

History Center

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Donations of new or gently used items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. For more information, call 444-3376.

Artist call

Bemidji Community Arts Center will accept from one-three submissions of art work from member artists beginning Jan.18 through Jan. 28 for the Annual Members Show. Each submission should include contact information, title of piece, artist name, medium, NFS or listing price. Bring work to BCAC from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Call or e-mail if other arrangements need to be made for drop-off. Call 444-7570 or for more information. Other artists who wish to apply should contact BCAC. The opening for the show will be Friday, Feb. 4.

Sculpture Walk

Artists who wish to apply for placement in the 2011-2012 Bemidji Sculpture Walk may email for an application. The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee has elected a new executive committee: President Mitch Blessing, Vice President Darin Hansen, Secretary Shanna Olson and Treasurer Roxi Mann.

Auditions call

Audition for "Little Women" will be held at the Minnesota Folklore Theater from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, in downtown Akeley at 6 Broad Street E. All parts are open: Mrs. March, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Hannah, Male, Laurie and Mr. Laurence. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 26 and the show will open in March for a two-week run.

Garrison Keillor

"A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, sound-effects ace Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by Richard Dworsky, and special guests will begin at 4:45 p.m. with a pre-show and live broadcast from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the John Glas Fieldhouse, BSU. Tickets are $40 (middle floor), $35 (side section), $25 (bleachers) and are on sale now. Order online through, call 800-982-2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. MPR members can call the Minnesota Public Radio Box Office: 651-290-1200; $15 tickets will be available to BSU students beginning Feb. 2, with a limit of ticket per student with a valid ID.

Talent search

Minnesota Public Radio is seeking young classical musicians; vocalists, instrumental soloists and small ensembles for the "Minnesota Varsity." The program will accept recordings from young artists, ages 14-18, for a pre-screening by the classical MPR staff and 15-20 will be chosen to work with a professional recording engineer to produce a high-quality recording. The recording will be played for a panel of celebrity judges including Nicholas McGegan of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Hicks of the Minnesota Orchestra, John Birge, Brian Newhouse and Steve Staruch of Classical MPR and others not yet named. The judges will choose five performers for the Showcase Round. They will be asked to perform live at the Fitzgerald Theater a in St. Paul April 17. For all requirements and information, check online at The timeframe for submitting the recordings is through Feb. 15. Minnesota Varsity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


- Marsh Muirhead will lead a poetry workshop, "Haiku-Windows to Nature and the Spirit," which will explore the history and form of Haiku and writing exercises. Beginning and more advanced writers and poets are welcome to register. Muirhead has published nearly 100 Haiku in English language Haiku journals and anthologies. The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The cost of the workshop is $35. To register call 444-5606.

- Sweet Basket Workshop with Monie Martin will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Gallery North, 502 Third Street N.W. Students will coil sweet grass around a black walnut slice into a basket. The cost for the class is $45 and the class limit is eight. Register at Gallery North in person or by phone 444-4913.

- Antler Tabletop basket workshop with Monie Martin with be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Gallery North. Students will create a small basket using a spike or long bar type antler. Students will be working with seagrass, yarn or reed materials embellished with feathers, beads and antler buttons and will learn how to drill an antler. The cost is $45 or $40 if participants supply their own antlers. The class limit is six. Register at Gallery North in person or by phone 444-4913.

- Watercolor painting workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Gallery North with Marion Carioline, titled, "Winter Wonderland," where students will complete and matte a 16-by-20-inch watercolor of a Northwood's winter snow scene. Class fee is $45 with a $5 discount with pre-paid registrations. Registrations will be taken at Gallery North.

- Winter Writers Retreat with CarolAnn Russell, "Stories are Alive!" will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. More information on fee to follow.

- Voice-Over Fundamentals and Voice-Over Industry with Eric Webster from Picaline Productions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the HSMA and Supple Studios. More information on fees to follow.

- Arts Workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk" Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC who will assist with registration and other aspects of the program. "No Risk" means there is no financial risk to the applicant. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis but funds are limited. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for January is Shanna Mae Olsen and her show, "Transformation," a world of textile experimentation with large scale textile sculpture, unique plushies, functional wallets and other pieces. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., will be closed until Jan. 17.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has on display the work of Kay Schuver, "Reflections by Kay," through March. A new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions," as created and designed by Nicole Foss, is now a part of the John Morrison American Indian Collection. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for January the Artists of Gallery North. For more information on opportunities to exhibit work at the library, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collection of mixed media drawing/installation reflecting Minnesota's ice fishers by Nina Lubarski. The art displays are on the side wall in the large performance and dining area The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will present Arnold Volker of "Real Stone" and Sherry Gendron from "Next Generation" as featured artists for January. Using the colorful field stones from the Itasca Moraine, Volker has partnered with "Next Innovations" of Walker to create decorative wall art made of stone and steel. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third St. N.W., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has added the work of some new artists - Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead and Don Zieman - to the rotation of art work by DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, Thomas Hamilton, Mary-Knox Johnson, Rita Arsenault Quinn, Steve Saari and Judy Lunseth. The new gallery hours are 2-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways - The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. The works include a variety of techniques and media and show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. This special display will be up through January. Artwork is for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish which is food safe. The Towley's woodwork will be on display and for sale through February. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will have on display "People & Places," prints by Cody Bartz, who combines the technical abilities of the computer with the handmade qualities of printmaking to portray humans within a modern and abstract landscape. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- The Blackduck Area History and Art Center will the closed through January and re-open with a February exhibit.

- Headwaters School.of Music and the Arts has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael DeWitt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- Jan. 14, 10 p.m., "Hobo Nephews," a bluegrass band from Duluth at the Blue Ox, Third Street in downtown Bemidji.

- Jan. 20-22, 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., Jan. 23, "Steele Magnolias" by Robert Harling at the Wild Rose Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and children. Reservations at 556-1777.

- Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Aaron Hautala will talk about his newest book "The Opposite of Cold" about Finnish saunas. Bemidji Public Library.

- Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m., Neal Hagburg, a Minnesota singer/songwriter. Blackduck Community Library.

- Jan. 30 and 31, 6-9 p.m., auditions for BSU Theater Department spring show, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Call for audition time at 755-3901 or 209-7929.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30-9:30 p.m., every Wednesday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage from 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets the third Saturday of the month, contact

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to